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Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

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2.5 years to complete

39 credit hours


Achieve the highest level of nursing practice with an advanced online nursing program.

Advance your nursing career and improve patient outcomes with an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rivier University. Created for working nurses, this clinically focused degree will give you the pathway to becoming a nurse leader. For students with a master’s degree in a non-nursing discipline, this online program teaches the expert knowledge and skills needed to actively engage in clinical practice and research that impacts the lives of patients.

Our coursework prepares you to lead interdisciplinary healthcare teams and improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality, and safety. Graduates leave with the expertise that enables them to conduct complex diagnostic and treatment modalities, utilize informatics to enhance clinical decision-making, and critically evaluate scholarly research.

Nationally and Regionally Ranked Nursing Programs

  • Top 100 Nursing Schools in United States
  • Top 50 Private Nursing Schools in United States
  • #11 Overall Nursing Schools in New England area
  • #1 Private Nursing Schools in NH

Accreditations & Awards

Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the doctoral nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

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Designed for advanced practice nurses (APRN) who have earned a master’s degree in nursing and have passed a certification exam.

  • Duration: This online program typically takes 2.5 years to complete.
  • Total Credits: The program requires 39 credit hours.
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Designed for clinicians who wish to assume leadership roles in healthcare, or be able to practice at their highest potential, this program features two entry points: post-master’s or a BS to DNP option.

  • Duration: This online program typically takes 2.5 years to complete.
  • Total Credits: The program requires 36-69 credit hours.
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

The Rivier Advantage


Earn a competitive degree at a competitive price.


Small class sizes and real-world experience provide students the skills they need for success.


Start when you want with rolling admission and terms beginning every seven weeks.


Obtain a quality education from a university with more than 80 years of experience educating students.

Strategic Partners Program

With Rivier’s Strategic Partners Program, we can provide innovative and relevant degree programs for professionals to advance their knowledge and careers. And as a bonus, employees of Rivier’s partners are eligible for tuition discounts.

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About Rivier University

Rivier University is a Catholic institution that welcomes students from all backgrounds and provides a transformative and supportive educational experience. Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to providing a learning environment that educates the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Our graduates excel professionally, academically, and in service to their communities.